Collecting bottles, tossing leftovers, taking out the garbage
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Mary Beth Simmons is a writer living in Iowa City, Iowa. Her work has appeared in Escape and Chile Pepper.
A man in a stained shirt and dirty brown pants stumbles out of a mud-brick building, fiddling with his zipper. Giggling, but sober, he shuts his fly and fishes a cigarette from his breast pocket. Approaching a woman grilling brochettes over a fire, he places a hand on her thigh and swipes a skewer of meat from the grill. The woman doesn’t move or speak, just clucks her tongue disapprovingly.